Half Marathon, Marathon, Running, Training

Five unconventional tips for your first Marathon

It is now nearly two years since I ran my first Marathon. I am not going to lie about it: it was a complete disaster. I’ve followed a strict training plan and stuck to the rules. But it did not help.

But I learned from my mistakes. I completed some more Marathons and Ultra Marathons since, and here are my top 5 things that I wish I’d known back then.

First Marathon
My first Marathon: Munich Marathon!

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Race Review, Trail Races, Trailrunning

Mozart100 race review

The Mozart100 race takes place in the beautiful town of Salzburg, Austria. They offer various distances, this year a 12.5km City Trail, the 30km Scenic Light Trail (that I did), the 42km Marathon trail, the 62km Scenic Trail and the classic 105 Trail. This one is very popular, as it is also a Western States 100 qualifying race.

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Race Review, Trail Races, Trailrunning

Hochkönigman Trail Running – Race Review

Beginning of June I ran my first trail race in Austria: 23km at the Hochkönigman Trail Running Event.

Travel& Accessibility to the Hochkönigman Trail Running Event

The Hochkönigman Trail Running Race is located in the area of a mountain called Hochkönig, which means “High King” in English. It starts and ends in Maria Alm, which is just 5km East of Saalfelden.

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Half Marathon, Marathon, Race Review, Road Races

Two Oceans Marathon review

The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town is actually one of two very famous Ultra Marathons in South Africa: the 56km Two Oceans Marathon and the 90km Comrades Ultra Marathon. It is always held always on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.The Two Oceans Marathon is one where you have to qualify (see below) and where the cut off time of 7 hours gross is actually enforced. The reward for it is a special medal, that changes colour for every hour that passes: sub 4, sub 5, sub 6 and sub 7.

Two Oceans Marathon Medals

The Two Oceans Marathon 56 is the classical distance, but there are 3 other races that weekend, which are also highly popular: the Half Marathon on a less scenic route and the 12km and 24km trail run on the back of Table Mountain, which I absolutely have to try next year.


I have written two other blog posts about my amazing experience at the Two Oceans Marathon, that covers much more. You can find them here and here.

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